Knowledge of contraceptive methods

This table shows the level of knowledge of contraceptive methods among all women and men age15-49, as well as among those who are currently married and those who are unmarried but sexually active. Knowledge of any contraceptive method is generally high in The Gambia, with 96 percent of currently married women and 99 percent of currently married men knowing at least one method. Although women are the users of most of these methods, the mean number of methods known is higher among married men than women . Sexually active unmarried respondents are most likely to have heard of any method (100 percent of both women and men), followed by those who are currently married (96 percent of women and 99 percent of men) and all respondents (96 percent of women and 98 percent of men).

Percentage of all respondents, currently married respondents, and sexually active unmarried respondents age 15-49 who have heard of any contraceptive method, by specific method.

Knowledge of contraceptive methods

Method Women
All womenCurrently married womenSexually active unmarried women*
Any method95.696.3100.0
Any modern method95.395.8100.0
Female sterilisation69.073.780.0
Male sterilisation11.611.821.9
Pill89.191.995.4
IUD39.544.354.6
Injectables87.391.395.4
Implants30.232.948.3
Male condom86.585.599.2
Female condom21.220.346.8
Diaphragm/foam/jelly11.912.716.4
Lactational amenorrhoea (LAM)11.613.213.2
Emergency contraception14.515.033.1
Any traditional method61.970.178.6
Rhythm37.341.866.3
Withdrawal48.956.569.3
Other19.224.017.0
Source: DHS 2013
{"name":"All women","data":[95.6,95.3,69,11.6,89.1,39.5,87.3,30.2,86.5,21.2,11.9,11.6,14.5,61.9,37.3,48.9,19.2]}|{"name":"Currently married women","data":[96.3,95.8,73.7,11.8,91.9,44.3,91.3,32.9,85.5,20.3,12.7,13.2,15,70.1,41.8,56.5,24]}|{"name":"Sexually active unmarried women*","data":[100,100,80,21.9,95.4,54.6,95.4,48.3,99.2,46.8,16.4,13.2,33.1,78.6,66.3,69.3,17]}
{"name":"All women","data":[{ name: 'Any method', y: 95.6},{ name: 'Any modern method', y: 95.3},{ name: 'Female sterilisation', y: 69},{ name: 'Male sterilisation', y: 11.6},{ name: 'Pill', y: 89.1},{ name: 'IUD', y: 39.5},{ name: 'Injectables', y: 87.3},{ name: 'Implants', y: 30.2},{ name: 'Male condom', y: 86.5},{ name: 'Female condom', y: 21.2},{ name: 'Diaphragm/foam/jelly', y: 11.9},{ name: 'Lactational amenorrhoea (LAM)', y: 11.6},{ name: 'Emergency contraception', y: 14.5},{ name: 'Any traditional method', y: 61.9},{ name: 'Rhythm', y: 37.3},{ name: 'Withdrawal', y: 48.9},{ name: 'Other', y: 19.2}]}|{"name":"Currently married women","data":[{ name: 'Any method', y: 96.3},{ name: 'Any modern method', y: 95.8},{ name: 'Female sterilisation', y: 73.7},{ name: 'Male sterilisation', y: 11.8},{ name: 'Pill', y: 91.9},{ name: 'IUD', y: 44.3},{ name: 'Injectables', y: 91.3},{ name: 'Implants', y: 32.9},{ name: 'Male condom', y: 85.5},{ name: 'Female condom', y: 20.3},{ name: 'Diaphragm/foam/jelly', y: 12.7},{ name: 'Lactational amenorrhoea (LAM)', y: 13.2},{ name: 'Emergency contraception', y: 15},{ name: 'Any traditional method', y: 70.1},{ name: 'Rhythm', y: 41.8},{ name: 'Withdrawal', y: 56.5},{ name: 'Other', y: 24}]}|{"name":"Sexually active unmarried women*","data":[{ name: 'Any method', y: 100},{ name: 'Any modern method', y: 100},{ name: 'Female sterilisation', y: 80},{ name: 'Male sterilisation', y: 21.9},{ name: 'Pill', y: 95.4},{ name: 'IUD', y: 54.6},{ name: 'Injectables', y: 95.4},{ name: 'Implants', y: 48.3},{ name: 'Male condom', y: 99.2},{ name: 'Female condom', y: 46.8},{ name: 'Diaphragm/foam/jelly', y: 16.4},{ name: 'Lactational amenorrhoea (LAM)', y: 13.2},{ name: 'Emergency contraception', y: 33.1},{ name: 'Any traditional method', y: 78.6},{ name: 'Rhythm', y: 66.3},{ name: 'Withdrawal', y: 69.3},{ name: 'Other', y: 17}]}
Any method|Any modern method|Female sterilisation|Male sterilisation|Pill|IUD|Injectables|Implants|Male condom|Female condom|Diaphragm/foam/jelly|Lactational amenorrhoea (LAM)|Emergency contraception|Any traditional method|Rhythm|Withdrawal|Other

Knowledge of contraceptive methods

Method Men
All menCurrently married menSexually active unmarried men*
Any method98.298.9100.0
Any modern method97.998.1100.0
Female sterilisation57.067.264.9
Male sterilisation27.031.135.3
Pill82.487.791.4
IUD26.333.131.6
Injectables76.186.981.0
Implants19.027.117.3
Male condom97.196.999.9
Female condom39.342.852.5
Diaphragm/foam/jelly20.825.833.2
Lactational amenorrhoea (LAM)20.825.833.2
Emergency contraception33.439.846.1
Any traditional method77.987.884.0
Rhythm48.262.358.3
Withdrawal72.182.578.7
Other13.619.77.2
Source: DHS 2013
{"name":"All men","data":[98.2,97.9,57,27,82.4,26.3,76.1,19,97.1,39.3,20.8,20.8,33.4,77.9,48.2,72.1,13.6]}|{"name":"Currently married men","data":[98.9,98.1,67.2,31.1,87.7,33.1,86.9,27.1,96.9,42.8,25.8,25.8,39.8,87.8,62.3,82.5,19.7]}|{"name":"Sexually active unmarried men*","data":[100,100,64.9,35.3,91.4,31.6,81,17.3,99.9,52.5,33.2,33.2,46.1,84,58.3,78.7,7.2]}
{"name":"All men","data":[{ name: 'Any method', y: 98.2},{ name: 'Any modern method', y: 97.9},{ name: 'Female sterilisation', y: 57},{ name: 'Male sterilisation', y: 27},{ name: 'Pill', y: 82.4},{ name: 'IUD', y: 26.3},{ name: 'Injectables', y: 76.1},{ name: 'Implants', y: 19},{ name: 'Male condom', y: 97.1},{ name: 'Female condom', y: 39.3},{ name: 'Diaphragm/foam/jelly', y: 20.8},{ name: 'Lactational amenorrhoea (LAM)', y: 20.8},{ name: 'Emergency contraception', y: 33.4},{ name: 'Any traditional method', y: 77.9},{ name: 'Rhythm', y: 48.2},{ name: 'Withdrawal', y: 72.1},{ name: 'Other', y: 13.6}]}|{"name":"Currently married men","data":[{ name: 'Any method', y: 98.9},{ name: 'Any modern method', y: 98.1},{ name: 'Female sterilisation', y: 67.2},{ name: 'Male sterilisation', y: 31.1},{ name: 'Pill', y: 87.7},{ name: 'IUD', y: 33.1},{ name: 'Injectables', y: 86.9},{ name: 'Implants', y: 27.1},{ name: 'Male condom', y: 96.9},{ name: 'Female condom', y: 42.8},{ name: 'Diaphragm/foam/jelly', y: 25.8},{ name: 'Lactational amenorrhoea (LAM)', y: 25.8},{ name: 'Emergency contraception', y: 39.8},{ name: 'Any traditional method', y: 87.8},{ name: 'Rhythm', y: 62.3},{ name: 'Withdrawal', y: 82.5},{ name: 'Other', y: 19.7}]}|{"name":"Sexually active unmarried men*","data":[{ name: 'Any method', y: 100},{ name: 'Any modern method', y: 100},{ name: 'Female sterilisation', y: 64.9},{ name: 'Male sterilisation', y: 35.3},{ name: 'Pill', y: 91.4},{ name: 'IUD', y: 31.6},{ name: 'Injectables', y: 81},{ name: 'Implants', y: 17.3},{ name: 'Male condom', y: 99.9},{ name: 'Female condom', y: 52.5},{ name: 'Diaphragm/foam/jelly', y: 33.2},{ name: 'Lactational amenorrhoea (LAM)', y: 33.2},{ name: 'Emergency contraception', y: 46.1},{ name: 'Any traditional method', y: 84},{ name: 'Rhythm', y: 58.3},{ name: 'Withdrawal', y: 78.7},{ name: 'Other', y: 7.2}]}
Any method|Any modern method|Female sterilisation|Male sterilisation|Pill|IUD|Injectables|Implants|Male condom|Female condom|Diaphragm/foam/jelly|Lactational amenorrhoea (LAM)|Emergency contraception|Any traditional method|Rhythm|Withdrawal|Other
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Knowledge of contraceptive methods
  • Source: DHS 2013
Knowledge of contraceptive methods
  • Source: DHS 2013
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